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Yellow weather warning for rain issued for Kent following Storm Henk

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for all of Kent after a major storm disrupted the county.

The alert will come into force across the county from 12pm tomorrow and will last until 3am on Friday.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for Kent. Picture: The Met Office
A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for Kent. Picture: The Met Office

Issued by the Met Office, it comes after Storm Henk caused chaos as 70mph winds hit yesterday – with weather bosses saying this rainfall could lead to further flooding and travel disruption.

There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses because of the rain and communities could become cut off because of flooded roads.

It comes after the national weather company flagged an amber warning, just a few days after Storm Gerrit had disrupted the county, yesterday.

Strong gales and heavy rain caused disruption to travel services and even saw one woman being taken to hospital after being trapped by a tree that was blown over in Orpington.

This morning, Southeastern announced there may be delays to some of its services because some trains were not in the right place following Storm Henk.

It has also offered refunds to customers who needed to use taxis to complete their journey because of replacement buses being unable to complete their journeys.

The strong wind also led to the closure of the QEII bridge for several hours, sparking delays of up to two hours. It reopened at 10pm.

Heavy rain also saw flood alerts issued for several parts of Kent with river levels of the Middle River Medway set to rise between Penshurst to Hampstead Lock at Yalding.

Other affected areas include the Lower River Medway, between Snodland and Maidstone, the River Beult from Pluckley and Bethersden to Stilebridge, the Upper River Stour, near Ashford, and groundwater flooding across East Kent. The flood alerts remain in place this morning.

Meanwhile the Lidl in Whitfield, Dover, was forced to temporarily close after its roof was damaged.

A yellow cold health alert has also been issued to come into force from Saturday and will last until Tuesday.

It comes as Kent is set to see temperatures drop significantly into single figures and possibly below freezing.

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